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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons

Toronto Raptors (18-8) @ Detroit Pistons (11-16)

December 18, 2019, 7:00 PM ET (Little Caesars Arena)

Line: Toronto Raptors -163 Detroit Pistons +143

Spread: Toronto Raptors -3.5 Total: 217

Free ESPN NBA Pick Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons 

This will be the second of four meetings this year with Toronto taking the first matchup of the year 125-113 in Toronto. The Raptors are third in the East in point differential outscoring opponents by six points per game while Detroit is getting outscored by 0.3 points per game. The Pistons are a game back of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. Detroit could be short-handed as both Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin are listed as questionable. Griffin is struggling with left knee soreness while Drummond has an eye injury but both are expected to play.

Toronto hopes to continue Eastern Conference domination

Toronto is 9-2 SU in their last 11 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have yet to drop a game to a team with a .500 record or below going 14-0. Pascal Siakim has led the Raptors this season with 25 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The Raptors have leaned on their defense being first in opponents’ effective field goal percentage at 48.7% and are fourth in defensive rating. Toronto is tied for first in fast-break points with 19.5 a game and is second in points off of turnovers. 

Detroit hopes to end struggles in the Eastern Conference 

Detroit is 4-9 SU in their last 13 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference. The Pistons are just 8-14 against the East this year. Although Andre Drummond leads the NBA in rebounds per game with 16.6 per game as a team they have struggled ranking 25th in rebounds a game with 43 per game. Detroit has had few bright spots but Derrick Rose has provided a spark off the bench with 16.6 points per game and 6.1 assists a game. Griffin is has struggled this season shooting just 27.4% from three and is 36.7% from the field

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